Teacher Update: Teaching Secrets: Let Them Play
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|August 26, 2010 |
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|Told against the backdrop of the immigration debate in America, the book is an essential read for educators working with immigrant populations or with students straddling a cultural divide. Author Helen Thorpe details the successes and struggles of these ambitious and bright students as they attend the same Denver high school and make plans to attend college. |
|Keep an eye out for a Book Backgrounder in the next few weeks! Discussion will run the week of Oct. 25-29. |
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The nine states and the District of Columbia will share $3.4 billion in Round Two of the federal competition, a cash infusion intended to fuel bold education reforms. (Education Week)
Some use cash to reverse layoffs, while others plan to hold onto the aid as the stimulus "funding cliff" looms. (Education Week)
The NEA and the AFT try to reconcile their actions vis-à-vis the Democratic administration they backed and its teacher policies. (Education Week)
A growing number of teachers have either stopped grading homework or have capped how much it counts toward a student's overall grade, reserving their grade books for in-class work like tests and research projects.
In an effort to extend what is one of the nation's shortest school days, Chicago Public Schools plans to add 90 minutes to the schedules of 15 elementary schools using online courses and nonteachers, sources said.
As commercial vendors and nonprofit groups respond to the common standards, advocates wonder whether alignment claims are on target. (Education Week)
School principals in a Washington district may start looking through cell phones as a way to crack down on cyberbullying, but some students and their parents say the proposed policy is an invasion of privacy. (AP)
Quality early childhood education is essential for Indiana's youngest residents, according to those involved in the field, yet Indiana is one of eight states to not fund preschool or pre-kindergarten programs. (AP)
Alfie Kohn offers a skeptic's guide to assessment programs that turn educators into accountants and trivialize their teaching. (Education Week)
Phillip Harris and Bruce Smith caution against evaluation systems that lead districts to lay off their best and brightest teachers. (Education Week)
|Early this week, the Los Angeles Times launched a series that analyzes student test-score data in the Los Angeles district to explore issues around teacher effectiveness. The paper also plans to publish an online database with ratings of more than 6,000 elementary-level teachers based on test-score data. The series and the planned database have set off a firestorm of controversy, raising both privacy concerns and competing arguments surrounding the use of student test-scores to gauge teacher quality. |
|What's your view? Should school district information correlating individual teachers with student test-score data be made public? Why or why not? What role should student test scores play in measuring teacher effectiveness? |
|The Book Whisperer|
Book-a-Day Challenge Wrap-up Post
Donalyn Miller, recently selected as one of three finalists for Texas' Elementary Teacher of the Year, wraps up her summer Book-a-Day challenge and looks ahead to another incredible school year.
|A Place at the Table|
Bright and Shiny Choices
Susan Graham has enjoyed the tranquility of her school hallways this summer, but she's excited for the students to return and for commotion to begin once again.
|Teacher in a Strange Land|
Whitney Tilson, Banana Republic & Public Education
Nancy Flanagan believes that our kids—and our nation—deserve a better way to genuinely invest in public education than a 5 percent kickback on cargo shorts for missionary teachers.
|Unwrapping the Gifted|
With help from her students, Tamara Fisher explores the possibilities of multipotentiality.
|Road Diaries: 2009 Teacher of the Year|
Jumping Through Hoops
Anthony Mullen believes what states must endure for a chance at Race to the Top funding is doing more to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots than any previous piece of education legislation.
|What grade would you give to President Obama's efforts to improve public education?|
|As schools open across New Orleans this month, you don’t have to look far for signs of how the public education landscape has changed since Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago. Charter schools, only a small presence before the storm, now serve the majority of public school students. Families have the opportunity to send their children to public schools all over the city under the choice-based system now in place. Our discussion will examine how the unprecedented, state-led effort to reinvent public education in New Orleans is faring five years in, and the challenges ahead.|
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|The Spring 2010 issue of the Teacher PD Sourcebook is now online. This issue covers the increasingly prominent response to intervention framework, including exclusive interviews, data and background, and implementation tips. See the complete table of contents.|
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